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The Cubs simply have to find a way to start beating the Reds, because this is getting old. Here’s their very new-look lineup for Game 2 (of 3) against the righty, Anthony DeSclafani.

Chicago Cubs Lineup: 

  1. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  2. Javy Baez, SS
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Robel Garcia, 2B
  6. Jason Heyward, RF
  7. Albert Almora Jr., CF
  8. Martin Maldonado, C
  9. Alec Mills, P

Against DeSclafani, the Cubs will throw only four batters from the left-side of the plate (Schwarber, Rizzo, Garcia, Heyward), which is a real shame, given DeSclafani’s splits this season:

Versus lefties: .309/.376/.591 (.396 wOBA)
Versus righties: .219/.256/.356 (.256 wOBA)

I know Caratini just started last night and didn’t have the best game – and I also know that Joe Maddon loves to get new Cubs into the starting lineup ASAP – but this sure seems like a good night to have your switch-hitting catcher in the starting nine. Oh, well.

Along the same lines … what is Daniel Descalso even doing on this team anymore? If his left-handed bat can’t get a start against splits this big, will he ever get another start? And if not, I’ll re-ask: What is he really doing here? Surely, the Cubs can manage to get a better left-handed bat to play average-ish second base *or* a corner outfield spot for moments like this. That way you can get Albert Almora’s bat out of the lineup tonight in favor of someone who’s better set up for success.

I still love my Cubs, but this lineup/roster is just so strange right now (especially without Willson Contreras). Let’s hope they can get it done anyway. And as usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ post closer to game time (7:05 CT).


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